Jack Palance's Height
6ft 3.25in (191.1 cm)
American actor best remembered for films such as Shane, City Slickers, The Big Knife, Sudden Fear, Panic in the Streets, I Died a Thousand Times, The Professionals, The Lonely Man and Che. In a Chicago Sun 1994 article, he said: "Used to be 6-foot-4. Now that I'm old, I slouch. So, I'm 6-foot-3"
Photo By 20th Century Fox, via Wikimedia Commons
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Average Guess (24 Votes)
6ft 3in (190.5cm)
berta said on 16/Oct/17
the average vote seems to low. i would not go under the current height for his peak. i think he was 192 cm guy at peak.
even said on 28/Jul/17
legitimate 6 foot 3
James said on 27/Jul/17
If Palance was 6'2" in the 1990s but still claiming 6'3", then his peak height of 6'4" was probably an exaggeration.
Josh said on 16/Jun/17
When I was a freshman in college (1995), Jack Palance came to our school for a function. I somehow ended up standing next to him in an elevator. I am 6'3" barefoot but was about 6'2" then (I grew an inch in college), and he was at least 1.5 inches taller than I. I would say that he was an easy 6'3.5" and possibly even 6'3.75", and it wouldn't have surprised me at all if he touched 6'4" in his prime. He was a really big guy.
Jordan87 said on 3/May/17
Amazing the Klitz Comparison. Hats off to Big Wlad by the way for Giving the Young Lion Joshua a nice fight. If Wlad was 5 years Younger Joshua would have lost at least by Decision.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Nov/16
192cm for definite if Heston was a solid 189cm (some even argue 190cm for him)
James said on 18/Oct/16
Palance was 6'3".
Arch Stanton said on 11/Oct/16
He actually looks pretty near 6'4 with Heston imo but we'll see he had a bit of ground advantage. Looked taller than this IMO.
said on 11/Oct/16
@Rob, check out 40:38 here Click Here
I think he has a little ground advantage but I think you'd be closer with 6'3.5, especially as some people think Heston was this himself haha. Always looked taller than this to me.
said on 8/Oct/16
Rob, could 6ft3½ be closer?
He was still looked roughly about 6ft3 in the early 90's. I can believe he lost a full inch by then. So maybe even 6ft4 isn't a tough sell either
Editor Rob: not ruled out a strong 6ft 3+ for him yet.
Canson said on 9/Jul/16
@Arch: he def looked a healthy 192-193 in his prime maybe his night was a 6'3.75 measurement but he looked almost legit to me
LoganNoll1996 said on 17/Apr/16
He was described as 6'4" throughout his career and could look it in most of his films, plus he could give off a similar height impression as Clint Eastwood and John Wayne who were both 6'3.75" at their peaks. I think 6'3.5" is accurate if not 6'3.75".
Sam said on 2/Apr/16
Yeah, definitely see that resemblance to Klitschko. They don't get much more intense than Palance.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Mar/16
"Jack palance's height is 6ft 3½in (191.77cm)"
Anonymous1 said on 22/Dec/15
...Looked right up there with Chevy Chase in Cops and Robertsons. In my opinion, this guy was largely underused in Hollywood. Such an imposing, distinctive guy.
Canson said on 22/Dec/15
I can definitely very easily see him being 6'4 in his prime like he said. Wouldn't argue this one at all
LoganNoll1996 said on 21/Dec/15
No way he is 6'3". Their are times where he looks this but their are other times where he could look a full 6'4". I think 6'3.5" is a better estimate for Palance.
Jason said on 6/Dec/15
Palance in this photo looks very much like the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali.
Ian C. said on 30/Nov/15
Actually, Arch, people with acromegaly have severely distorted features. Think Richard Kiel or Ted Cassidy. Palance, like Lee Marvin, just had an unusually strong, masculine head. He had been a boxer, which accounts for the slightly damaged look.
Arch Stanton said on 9/Sep/15
I always think of him as 6'3.5 now too Sam! I think he could look a weak 6'4 guy at times.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Aug/15
Palance had such broad cheekbones and strong bones in his head that he almost looked acromegaly like I thought.
said on 10/Aug/15
Rob, can you respond!
[Editor Rob: I updated the page. Yes, he has an Eastern European look.]
said on 8/Aug/15
See what I mean, first glance you'd swear that was Klitchko! Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 8/Aug/15
Haha I just realized Palance was actually Ukrainian like Klitschko too. A young Palance looks very similar to Wladimir. Very broad cheekbones and that sort of intensity in the eyes.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Aug/15
A touch of the Klitchko about him I guess Sam, he looked like a heavyweight boxer, not a guy you'd dare f**k with.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Aug/15
Rob can you add a photo and films like The Big Knife, Sudden Fear, Panic in the Streets, I Died a Thousand Times, The Professionals, The Lonely Man and Che!?
He looks very leggy in The Big Knife, obviously a clear 6 ft 3 guy, possible he might have measured a bit over it.
Sam said on 21/Nov/14
Rob, could you take another look at Palance?
Sam said on 23/Sep/14
Rob, is there a chance that you could list him at 192 cm to split the difference between 6'3" and 6'4" because at times he could have been a near 6'4" impression in his roles from the 40s through the 70s?
Gonzalo said on 2/Jun/14
He was a couple of inches taller than Lee Marvin in Attack! So probably Jack Palance was taller than 1`91
Ian C. said on 18/May/14
Here's more evidence that Palance was crazy, Sam: Frank Gifford writes in his autobiography of making a movie with Palance about a barbarian (Attila the Hun?) Palance's character was supposed to drag a woman into a fire, and he nearly did drag the actress into the fire. Gifford is a very nice man, and he was careful not to say anything mean about anyone in his autobiography, but he came close to saying that Palance was violently unstable.
Sam said on 24/Apr/14
I think its possible he peaked between 6'3" & 6'4"...he was one scary dude, in size, looks, voice & demeanor. One time while filming a fight scene he & Burt Lancaster beat each up for real... its hard to imagine, say, Tom Cruise or Vin Diesel doing that today.
Ian C. said on 2/Mar/14
Derek has an interesting idea: When you die you grow an inch. Or you get your height exaggerated as a consolation for being dead. Actually, Derek, I have more than a few oddball posts on this site myself, so I am no one to rag on you.
Ian C. said on 7/Feb/14
Palance provides an interesting example of how, in a movie whose star is short, height becomes irrelevant. In Shane, Palance played the deadly gunfighter Jack Wilson, and Alan Ladd, who was short, played the hero Shane. A character who has seen Wilson is asked to describe him. In real life anyone who is six foot four would of course be described as tall. But the character asked to describe Wilson just says, "You'll know him when you see him. Kinda lean." Because in a world where Alan Ladd is the hero, height as a concept doesn't exist.
jimbo said on 23/Jan/14
I saw him at JFK in 1990 and he was imposing; not just tall but large, but looked oldddd.
thebad7 said on 23/Jan/14
Phenomenal actor. Like Lee Van Cleef or Big Bill Smith, he makes crappy movies worth watching because he is such a visually engaging actor; in supporting roles, he's the guy who can steal a film with just an appearance in a single scene. I always liked him because he was one of the first major movie stars to embrace strength training and daily physical fitness routines.
Just watched him in 1950's PANIC IN THE STREETS and 1976's SANGUE DI SBIRRO. Tall, lean but muscular guy. In both films, despite the 26 year time difference, he still towered over almost all his co-stars. In the latter, a minor 70s Italian crime drama, he stars alongside 6'9" billed George Eastman, and Palance looks only a few inches shorter when standing face-to-face with Eastman. I've seen both 6'4" and 6'3" listings for him. Interestingly, I had the opportunity to see his official boxing records--he was a prizefighter prior to WWII--and he was listed at 6'3". He was about twenty at the time the measurement was taken, so it's possible he grew another 1/2" to 1". He was a very no-nonsense man and honest. In his prime, he was 6'4"--he always was noticeably taller than 6'2" or 6'3" listed actors--and even into his eighties (up to his death in 2006) he was still tall. If he lost any height, it was minimal. In 1994's COPS & ROBBERSONS, he looks identical in height to 6'4" Chevy Chase--with Chase having only about 1/2" on a then 74 year old Palance.
I should note that like Lee Van Cleef, Palance always had good posture.
Early 40s/early 80s: 6'4".
1994, age 74: 6'4" immediately out of bed, 6'3 1/2" the rest of the day.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Jul/13
I saw him in something the other day and he looked 2 inches taller than a 6'1.5" listed actor, can't remember who it was, but I remember thinking he was probably around 6'3.5".
Derek said on 28/Sep/12
This guy has passed away, so do you think it might be okay to list him as the 6'4" he said, or do you think he was never over 6'3" in his prime? What do you think?
jwwjr said on 7/Jun/12
Looked like he towered over jack carson at "A star is born" premiere, 1954,so close to 6ft 4 ,especially in the 1950's
jake, 1.82 m said on 10/Oct/11
He looked 6"3.5 (1.92 m) in earlier films such as Sudden Fear. By 1994 he looked maybe slightly below Chevy Chase. Chase might've only ever been 6ft 3in at his tallest.
thebad7 said on 31/Mar/11
One of the last true tough guys. He is sorely missed. I liked him best in 1957's THE LONELY MAN. He was a tall, muscular guy--even towards the end of his life. Watched him recently in two films: 1971's CHATO'S LAND, next to Charles Bronson, and 1966's THE PROFESSIONALS. 6'4" sounds right for him--he looks this in comparison to co-stars Robert Ryan and Woody Strode--both of whom were billed at 6'4".
He was in a great Midas commercial with Lee Van Cleef back in the late 1970s and he looked to have about 1" on 6'2" Van Cleef.
said on 7/Mar/11
According to this site , Palance and Charlton Heston were supposed to be the same height at prime , but in the movie "Arrowhead" Jack is obviously at least an inch taller . The man always claimed he was 6'4 and I believe that's correct . Heston on the other hand I've always been skeptical he was a full 6'3 , maybe 6'2.5 was closer . Now watch this video from 1.35.00 to 1.36.08 .
Palance clearly looks taller . Also from 0.40.35 on he has the edge on Heston even wearing normal shoes when Chuck is wearing boots . What do you think , Rob ?
5\\\'7.37 said on 7/Jan/11
6'4 seems right, he was massive even when old.
patrick said on 16/Apr/07
J.Palance was a real tough and in the same time, cool and very clever man; as were J.Wayne, Bob Mitchum and all these wonderful 30ies to 50ies actors; He was HUGE and i remember a report about a ceremony whit Jack Carson who was not known for being a "short" or feable guy! Jack Palance really towers over him!
As regards "Shane", awesome movie, this is so tricky in the way stars were shot, forget it as a reference! I always admired how G.Stevens managed to make A Ladd not looking a dwarf next to Palance, Johnson and even 6' or 6'1 Van Heflin! Good job!
Glenn said on 13/Nov/06
Didnt know that sf.yeah it burns me Anthony.
sf said on 12/Nov/06
Did anyone know how in the movie, "Shane" they put him on an undersized horse just to make him look even bigger?
Don't know why they did that as he was nearly a foot taller than Ladd!
Anthony said on 12/Nov/06
Would've been awesome if you did. Seemed like a cool guy.
Glenn said on 11/Nov/06
Im a fan.wonder if any of my friends met him.I sure didnt.
Anthony said on 11/Nov/06
Truly great loss. R.I.P. Jack, you were one of the best. And definitely 6'3-6'4.
Editor Rob said on 7/Sep/06
Chicago Sun 1994 article, he said: "Used to be 6-foot-4. Now that I'm old, I slouch. So, I'm 6-foot-3"
Larry said on 9/Jul/06
Palance was about 2" taller than 6'1" Anthony Quinn in BARABUS (sp?).
Anonymous said on 8/Jul/06
I think I've read that he boxed as a heavyweight as a youngman and was actually rather good. So he was pretty tough in real life too. Of course he will always be remebered for being rather scary in Shane.
sam said on 11/May/06
You're sneaking an inch. Jack was 6'2"
larry said on 24/Mar/06
Sounds right for Walter Jack! :-) Always looked like a scary guy!
Frank2 said on 8/Mar/06
Jack was 6'3" in his youth. I saw him a few times when he was in his early seventies and he still looked nearly that tall. In the film Second Chance he appears to be two inches taller than 6'1" Bob Mitchum. By the way that film was shot in 3-D.
ColinG said on 7/Feb/06
Someone else here is talking about "six-inch lifts". I hope it's just a joke I'm missing. Otherwise, is the suggestion that the guy's wearing high heels borrowed from a drag artist?
D said on 25/Dec/05
he was in a horror film with peter cushing in the 60s, i cant remember what it was called but palance was a few inches taller than cushing, who at the time was proberly about 5'11"/6'
Dave said on 24/Dec/05
He looks a good 4 or 5 inches taller than the 5'10'' Robert Vaughn in an old 'UNCLE' episode. 6'3'' seems plausible.
mcfan said on 21/Dec/05
Chevy Chase said Jack Palance was a half-inch taller than him in Cops and Robbersons. I'm pretty sure Chase was 6'4 or very close to it. He was 2.5-3 inches taller than Bill Murray in Caddyshack.